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    August 16, 2013
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>> greg, i al see you. keep an eye on egypt. >> "studio b" begins now. >> the news begins anew on "studio b." the latest nsa leak is a bombshell. we're now learning the government's broken the rules on spying again and again. thousands of times per year. but officials have at the national security agency say, mistakes happen. don't worry about it. another bloody and deadly day in egypt. we'll show you how the gunfire got so intense it forced people to jump off a bridge. and lou should the white house handle this mess now? plus, listen to this. a new study is out that shows lap computers actually hurt kids' grades in school. it finds that students who use pencil and paper get higher marks. the reason for that, unless
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breaking news changes everything on "studio b." >> first, from fox, at 3:00 in new york city, the deadly day oflag -- of rage in egypt. dramatic video which appears to show people jumping off the bridge i mentioned in cairo to escape the gunfire. look at this. >> shepard: this is amateur video. seems to speak for itself. dozens more people reported dead today on top of the hundreds killed and thousands hurt earlier this week. as the muslim brotherhood claim is its not backing down. [chanting] >> shepard: supporters of the deposed president mohammed morsi shouting as the military fire live bullets.
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morsi's men are not afraid and are armed. a photographer in cairo says this map holding a gun backs the former president, and today the sounds of gunfire sent hundreds of people running. [ gunshots ] are armed. the government has given police the okay to use deadly force, including live ammunition, to protect themselves. the violence first escalated on wednesday when the military cleared not one but two protest camps in cairo. president obama sayings the united states deplores the bloodshed but the president stopped short of cutting off more than a billion dollars in annual military aid. we'll get into more of the response of the united states when we talk to the former assistant secretary of state in a few minutes. first, leyland vitter is live. explain what is going on now if you could. >> those strong words from the president didn't seem to do much. on the streets of cairo right now, folks are defying the
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nighttime curfew the army has in effect. there are protests still on the street, running gun battles going on. live pictures from cairo show one of the main buildings in the square of cairo, a big office building where the muslim brotherhood had been gathered outside. that's now on fire. we have not seen anybody bother to try to put it out. it's so dangerous there on the streets. earlier today, there were the running street battles-not only between the brotherhood and the army, but it's also between the brotherhood and residents who are fed up with the brotherhood marching in and causing destruction and doing this. we're hearing they're taking matters into their hands, coming out and shooting at the brotherhood matchers as well and not just in cairo, all over egypt, alexandria, smaller towns. one of the things the brotherhood is doing is marching into squares and then trying to attack police stations or government installations, and that's when we understand you are hearing the most gunfire,
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probably coming from the police, trying to protect themselves in those places. shep? >> shepard: the day of rage is drawing to a close. any indication of what we should expect over the next few days? reporter: the past hour or so the brotherhood said the day of rage is going to turn into a weeklong protest. how many more people are willing to die is unclear. today one mosque was totally filled with bodies there as they tried to save some folks that turned it into a makeshift hospital. the army says they're going to deal'm, quote, decisive live with people on the streets that are inciting the violence and the gunmen or anyone protests. tanks being deployed. putting up barbed wires. civilians are putting up check points to stop brotherhood marches. the army has a lot of support. the largest protest was in sport of the army. the question is, how long will
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that support last? >> shepard: thank you very much. the united states government has broken privacy rules while snooping on americans not once or twice but thousands of times every year. since congress first authorized the program in 2008. this new word is dooring to just released cop secret documents which ed snowden gave to the "washington post" up in this summer. the national security agency has repeatedly read americans' e-mails and listened in on americans' phone calls. they were not terror suspects. they were not doing anything suspicious. nothing. everyday americans whose private conversations wound up in the government's hands. some cases look like simple mistakes, like entering a wrong phone number and keeping tabs on the wrong person. some cases are much more serious, like the nsa apparently ignoring a court order in one instance the agency started a new surveillance program without getting permission from the court that oversees it.
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the court finally did find out and ruled it unconstitutional. by then that sketchy program had been up and running for many months. of course, the court and congress are supposed to be keeping surveillance programs in check but the "washington post" reports congress and that court rarely see the sort of detailness these documents. in fact, one of them directs staffers to remove details from reports that the agency oversees. in another case, the nsa decided it did not need to report on these mistakes at all. the nsa is downplaying the thousands and thousands of mistakes, as you might national. one official told the "washington post" there a small fraction of the total phone calls and e-mails the agency tracts. officials say, quote, when nsa makes a mistake in carrying out foreign intelligence mission, the agency reports the issue internally and to federal overseers, and aggressively gets to the bottom of it. wendell is live, following the president. how in the world is it possible
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that congress didn't know about this? >> well, shep, turns out the nsa's internal audit is a lot more detailed than the reports provided to congressional oversight committees, seemed to catch senate intelligence commit year che dine feinstein by surprise, and the judiciary chairman is promising hearings. michelle richardson says they cannot do their job without this information. >> the member0s congress have not received a full explanation how the programs work or any compliance problems with the privacy, regulations. and from the information released last night we see that's been done intentionally, and that information is available but the nsa and the administration are intentionally withholding it from the courts and congress, who are tasked with making sure the programs protect privacy. >> senator feinstein says lawmakers can and should do more
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to verify the nsa's operations are appropriate. >> shepard: the national security agency is getting it from both sides now. >> well, former new hampshire governor john sununu, a run, was sharply critical, saying the missteps reflect a sloppy attitude toward legal limits which he believes begins in the oval office. dennis kucinich says -- >> goes to the heart of what it means to be an american and that mean wes have basic freedoms that cannot be under assault by the government and our right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure is a fundamental right, connected to the right of privacy to be free in our persons, the right of freedom of speech, and those rights are under attack. >> the -- the senate said when lawmakers feel they're in the dark they can't adequately represent their constituents.
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>> and now lieutenant colonel michael hay is here. we don't have any privacy anymore, do we? >> i think what is important first to look at, shep -- this is very important -- is the context in which the nsa operates at the moment. it's got a very, very sensitive role, and it's sensitive because the threat is unconventional, irregular, and we don't know where the threat is coming from, who is going to be implementing the threat or what the threat is going to be. 0 so in accordance with that the u.s. has to take unconventional methods and the nsa has to take uncongress descriptionoff methods in order to countser the threat. we need to understand the threat is not just from an storm source >> shepard: feels like they're the threat. what they have done here is trampled up a over the constitution? haven't they trampled over people's rights to privacy and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure? how can they do this? >> it's quite easy to say that. i can understand why you see
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that point of view. >> shepard: it's what they're doing. >> we go back to the debate on civil liberty versus national security. what has happened here is that in order for the nsa to conduct their business, intelligence is an open source. intelligence has to be closed because if it's not you compromise the safety of people, u.s. citizens abroad. so has to be closed source. with that in hand comes the respect and the confidence in the u.s. public for the nsa and administration to do their job, and clearly that is owl -- out of kilter at the moment. >> shepard: at one point i was thinking i should cc the nsa at the bottom of every e-mail but it appears it's unnecessary. they have it anyway. >> i'm not defending the national security agency -- >> shepard: actually you kind of are. >> hear me out. they're looking for a need until a haystack. i used to hunt these guys for many years and what would trigger a single mission is
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months and months, itch not years of intelligence, and if at any point that intelligence trail was compromised, through what we saw a couple of weeks ago or last week with the u.s. embassy closures, you have to reset and the mission doesn't go ahead. so there's a lot that goes on behind closed doors. no just about monitoring e-mails of u.s. citizen. it's like a blanket search to pick up a sound bites or code words we think al qaeda are usingment. >> shepard: if they need to search everything and listen to every phone call, we need to change the constitution. >> i couldn't agree more. >> shepard: maybe they ought to work on that but we got rules around here and they have to follow them. this document was pull together by our forefathers. if this bunch running the place now wants to change it, there's a process in the meantime they have to play by the rules. i run a traffic light, i get a ticket. the steal my e-mails -- they can't do that. >> good point, but forgive me
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for saying when the forefathers put the constitution together al qaeda didn't exist. >> shepard: then why isn't someone talking about changing the constitution rather than going straight through it. >> this is the debate we need to have. >> shepard: i don't hear anybody talking about changing the constitution. i hear them talking about breaking it. >> if the administration needs wider, leaner, and legislative laws in order to counter the threat to the u.s. homeland and ameliorate the safety to the u.s. citizens abroad, then this debate has to happen and cannot go on doing what it's doing under the constitution. >> shepard: there were terrorists 200 years ago in different forms. but the constitution is not cafeteria plan. if they want to make at it cafeteria plan, take can whichever part you wasn't, fine, but that's novelty the rule. >> there's another point to make here. we elected -- you guys electioned your president and as a respect and as the confidence within the administration no order to achieve that. if the president needs to make decisions in extreme to protect
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the safety of u.s. citizens abroad he should be allowed to do that. if that becomes the norm, that's when we need to have the debate you're talking about over the legislation. >> shepard: all right. thank you. we'll be right back. [ female announcer ] made just a little sweeter... because all these whole grains aren't healthy unless you actually eat them ♪ multigrain cheerios. also available in delicious peanut butter. healthy never tasted so sweet.
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>> shepard: patients of the doctor accused of intentionally misleading people or miss diagnosing people with cancer and giving them chemotherapy whether they needed it or not have formed a support group on facebook. the prosecutor says the doctor used the false diagnoses and unneeded treatments to steal $35 million in medicare claims from the federal government. the doctor is locked up in michigan and a judge set a nine million dollars bond. prosecutors say the guy could go on the run. with us now is a member of the patient support group himself father died in 2008. received chemotherapy treatment from the doctor.
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nice to see you, sir, thank you. >> thank you for having me. shepship it's my understanding your father received a diagnosis of mild leukemia, and that of some frustrations with the local hospital you went to this doctor and he immediately began chemotherapy. right? >> that's correct. >> shepard: and my understanding is it happened in a very unusual way. >> of my father initially went to dr. fata's office they installed a port in his body, and on his visits to the doctor's office, a staff member would come out to the parking structure where my father had his car and administer the keep children right there in the garage as he sat in his car. >> shepard: why? >> they said for the convenience of the patients. but after -- in the aftermath of all this we're wondering about the professionalism, the hygiene involved in all this. so many questions.
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>> shepard: how long did your father go to this doctor and did he get better? >> my dad was a patient for approximately four to six months. during that time he was receiving the chemotherapy all we saw was decline in my father, both mentally and physically. >> shepard: what did the doctor say about that? >> he said it was all part of the chemotherapy routine, we were going to see some decline for a while, while the chemotherapy was doing its thing so to speak. >> shepard: you must have some awful thoughts and fears. >> we certainly do, and that's kind of the problem right now. we don't have any answer, and we're waiting to hear from the prosecutors and hopefully from somebody as far as where we stand legally with this whole situation. >> shepard: when your father told you that he was being -- the doses were being
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administered in his car, did you then or at any other point develop any suspicions? >> no, we really didn't at that time because he was also going along with the convenience aspect of this. as time went on with the chemotherapy he was having more and more trouble getting around, so he found this to be a great convenience at the time. >> shepard: i guess there was no second opinion. this doctor was your second. >> yes. unfortunately my father had 100% path in what dr. fata said. dr. fata promised hem that he was going to help him and make him better, and with that kind of prognosis, you trust what the doctor says. >> shepard: the first hospital you went to did doctors at the hospital recommend dr. fata? >> no. when we went to a second hospital in rochester, michigan,
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that's where dr. fata was referred to my father. >> shepard: and i -- do you have curiosity about that facility? >> not at this time but there is in question as to why dr. fata was getting so many referrals, and all it is it speculation of this point and we're hoping that we can find out some truth very shortly as to what really happened to my father, and all the other patients involved in this crime. >> shepard: certainly hope you do. i wonder if you have made a number of friends, acquaintances on facebook, and what the stories there are like. >> i most certainly have. i met a number of people in the federal court last thursday for the detection hearing. we now have a facebook group that is approaching 800 people. and we have become a very good
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support group for each other. >> shepard: i hope that continues and that you find some peace in the end. it's an absolutely unthinkable thing. anyone who has someone elderly in their family, a father or grandfather or grandparent of some kind, just it's hard to even imagine having to go through this. all the best to you and your family and thank you for being here. >> thank you for having me. >> shepard: well, you know that everytime you use a debit card there's a fee attached. right? it's not a fee just for you, the customer. there's a fee for the business as well. that fee gets passed along to you, of course in the form of higher prices. well, now a judge told some big banks, enough is enough. and we know that big banks run to the whole country. is a judge big enough to slow them down? we'll see next. [ male announcer ] this is claira.
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>> shepard: a federal judge is cracking down on debit card fees that cost us money. if they charm the store, the stores jung it. the judge says the 20-cent limit on the fee is is to high and ordered the government to set a new lower limit and suggested banks may have to reimburse retailers for overcharges. retailers pay the fees everytime you use a debit card, whether it's a tv or pack of gum. and in many cases the businesses pass the costs on to customer. one of two police officers helped take down the accused fort hood shooter testified that he some major nadal blindly
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exchanged gunfire. the officer shot and pairized major hassan outside the medical building where he is accused of killing 13 people and wounding others in 2009. the prosecutor played a dramatic cash -- dash cam video. and lawyers say he seems to be trying to get the death penalty. casey stiegel is live. what does the dash cam video show? >> pretty interesting. nearly five-minute video but cut off at the end so was not shown in its entirety to the court but you could see the officer jumping out of her vehicle and making a beeline toward the shooting where the shooting had been reported and you can see people fleeing and hiding behind cars and then you hear lots of fires being shot and people yelling. this recording was from sergeant kimber nunley's police cruiser.
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she testified about she shot an unnone number of shots. she was shot and knocked to the ground. her testimony continued that has san kicked the gun a. from her and stood over here and tried to fire his weapon but it jammed. another officer, a different officer, sergeant mark todd, who fired the very last shot, hitting the accused gunman and paralyzing him, shepard. >> shepard: is sergeant todd going to testify? >> that expected sometime monday or tuesday. court is in recess now. it wrapped up early because one of the jury members had a prior commitment. so we are nearing the end. according to fort hood public affairs they're telling us the prosecution will rest on monday or tuesday next week, and then major hasan, representing himself, is going to call at least two of his own witnesses, finally we'll have closing arguments. so, barring any major
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developments here, the jury or the panel is expected to get this at some point next week. >> shepard: thank you, sir. area 51. we have all talked about it forever. the cia now admits it's real and having a big reveal. now we have some answers about those infamous ufo sightings. officials booted a teenager. this teenager from paraolympics because even though she is paralyzed they say she could maybe some day hopefully recovery. that's coming up. ♪ ♪ the joint is jumpin' ♪ it's really jumpin' ♪ ♪ come in, cats ♪ and check your hats ♪ i mean this joint ijumpin' [ male announcer ] osteo bi-flex helps revitalize your joints to keep 'em jumpin'.° like calcium supplements can help your bones osteo bi-fle n help your joints.
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>> shepard: on the same day documents reveal more on the government's secret surveillance program, not big government secret is finally being revealed. for the first time the cia is acknowledging the infamous area 51 is real. newly declassified documents reveal the existence of the secret military site in the nevada desert. it's long been the stuff of wild conspiracy theories and ufo sightings. that reputation has become part of pop culture. >> president. >> general. >> welcome to area 51. >> the movie "independence day" showed area 51 as an alien research lab. "and files" was philadelphia
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with a connection to the site. and the conspiracy theories started back in the 1950s. the declassified documents indicate a huge spike in sightings in the area at that time and we're learning what the so-called ufos were. trace gal her is in our west coast news hub. so? >> they were u2 spy planes used to pie on the soviet and china in the colored -- cold war, and this goes into the pilots pilotd the test flights and the reason there were so many sightings the u2 flew at 60,000 feet, much higher than any plane before that. >> they're seeing flying saucers everywhere. lots of fantastic discses flying through the air.
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is there something to it or people just seeing things year the government explained them away as natural phenomenon. now they're being applauded. >> also opens the possibility of getting more information about area 51 and programs conducted there, because until you acknowledge that it exists, you can't discuss the activities that took place there as having taken place there. >> on top of u2 spy plan they had he ox cart spy plane program, flying three times the speed of sound. >> shepard: all the questions are not answered. >> the speculation goes on and on about the aliens, about the ufos and the alien autopsies, but some experts say that journalists really should keep pushing on that. listen. >> well, the next step to find
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out the genesis of this decision and how it progressed and how long it took, and then getting information on other speak office area 5's history, other projects conduct thread. >> these are called blackow jecks because they had no congressional oversight on the funding. know i just came in the back door. i talked with many former employees of area 51 and they laugh about the whole idea of ufos and alien autopsies. >> shepard: i'm sure they do. thank you. continuing coverage of the bloodshed in egypt. thousands of protesters swarming the streets of egypt's major cities? what the muslim brotherhood calls a day of rage after the military forced supporters of mohammed morsi out of protest okay. -- camps on wednesday. thousands have been hurt and hundreds killed. here in the united states the, military aid to egypt could be on the line here.
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>> we have senated our commitment but we evaluate and we review on a regular, if not daily basis, the scope of our relationship and that of course includes -- >> but the arizona republican senator john mccain says the white house should call this what it is, coup. senator mccain told bbc news the law is very clear if there is a coup, that aid is cut off and we decided not to do that. it's a great tragedy, he says, and the united states is basically an observer. joining us now in d.c. is the former assistant secretary of state for public affairs, p.j. crowley. good afternoon. >> hello. >> shepard: are we more than observers? >> well, these are decisions being made in egypt and these are mistakes being made in egypt. egypt schappes own -- egyptians own the process and they will determine how it comes about. we do have a close relationship with egypt and are giving them advice and they're not listening to our advice by all
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indications. >> shepard: if i steal something and you don't call it stealing, it still is. same is true with the coup. we're breaking our own rules and getting around it by not saying that. how do we do that? >> well, it woulds a coup, and i would have declared it so six weeks ago to send a clear message to the military and also send a message to the muslim brotherhood about staying inside of the political process. i understand the logic behind the one lever we have, the most significant card, is this aid, and holding it there to see if we can steer egypt and the military in a constructive direction. but our credibility is suffering as a result of our unwillingness to say that word. >> shepard: how much sway can that billion or so have when saudi arabia and friends in the region have given the egyptian military more than 10 billion in the last few weeks? >> exactly right, shep. a billion dollars is a lot of money but relative to what
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others in the region who want to steer egypt in a direction that is not exactly conducive with our interests, they're piling on a lot more. so, i think that there are multiple agendas at play here. we have one of them. we have the ability to communicate with egypt. but obviously at this point, the egyptian military has a privilegeed possession within egyptian society and they're going to act in ways that are not necessarily democratic but preserve that privileged position with egyptian society. >> shepard: i know hopes is not a strategy but sounds like it's all we have left. >> it's going to get worse and what we're seeing the political polarization that just makes the objective a return to civilian rule and a more inclusive democracy than existed under president morsi is becoming much more difficult to achieve. >> shepard: thank you. >> thank you. >> shepard: a wheelchair bound
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teenage swimmer who survived a three year coma and took home gold for the united states in last year's paraolympics game is disqualified from competing in the world championship. she is paralyzed from the waste down and swims with just her arms but paraolympic officials say there's a chance she could still walk again. >> it was devastating. i've trained so hard and was not expecting this at all. it's pretty shocking. >> shepard: officials at the international paraolympic committee say they have specific rules for what types of limitations qualify notices for these evens. he father calls it discrimination. rick leventhal has been covering this. sometimes the word could gives people without hope a little hope and it's a nice thing to have hope. >> that's what she said, and this basically steals her hope in a way. but the rules are very clear. anyone competing in a paraolympics swimming world championships must be permanently disabled and when
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one doctor told her she might, she might be able to one day walk again, well then she was ruled ineligible. victoria suffered a rare under logical disorder as a child that put her in a coma and left her unable to use her legs but she got in the pool and began competitive swimming and compete ode last year and was banned because a doctor said if she got expensive therapy she might be able to talk again. >> i'm a very hopeful person and if i didn't have hope i wouldn't be here today, and so there's a chance for everyone with a lot of rehab and different technologies that are coming out for spinal cord injury that there's hope and i'm always looking for hope, and basically what happened is i was penalized for having hope. >> she says she is not bitter or angry but i can't understand how that's pop. >> shepard: i am.
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you i would think there would be a way for her to appeal this. >> there are people who are trying but unfortunately the international games already started this week, and she was ruled ineligible before they began. she didn't learn she couldn't compete until late last weekend when the ruling was made after reviewing the medical report. they says she failed to provide conclusive evidence of a permanent eligible impairment. >> my condition hasn't changed. i've been paralyzed for seven years and if anything, my condition is worsened a little bit. >> victoria is from new hampshire, lawmakers there call this nothing sort of disgraceful and will appeal try to allow her to compete in the future and make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else. >> shepard: rick, thank you. just in to fox news from new jersey. listen to this. the new jersey governor has just announced he will indeed allow sick children to access medical marijuana. the governor set to sign a bill, one that would erase the current
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rule which requires a psychiatrist and pediatrician to sign off. they still need a recommendation just as adult does now, and also allow the production of ingestible forms of pot at state-approved dispensaries. christie once says he is afraid parent was use the pot instead of the children and now he is willing to rule that parents are best able to decide on care for children. >> a man accused of stabbing his wife 47 times is out of jail for three years because the prosecutors say they couldn't find enough evidence. so how did she die? the defense claims she killed herself. by stabbing herself 47 times.
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>> shepard: a man accused of stabbing his wife 47 times until she died is now out of jail. prosecutors in new jersey dropped all charges, saying they were unable to prove their case. the suspect had spent three years in jail waiting for a trial and claimed automatic all long she stabbed herself 4 times and on the 47th time she killed herself. his attorney claims all but one of the wounds is very shallow. a sign, he says, that she had to work up the courage to finally pull it off. still, the medical examiner stands by the ruling her death was a homicide. that is what the medical examiner ruled. the case is under investigation and the husband could theoretically face charges again. with us now is former prosecutor, laura nanos. i don't get it. never heard of somebody stabbing himself or herself 47 times. >> it sounds really weird. however this may be a case where the headline -- it says
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something crazy but may be true. at a minimum looks like what the prosecutors are doing here is just being as conservative as possible and saying, look, we can't prove beyond a reasonable doubt this guy did kill her so we're going to hold off and keep investigating. >> shepard: the prosecutor says -- well, let's see -- yes -- said she had taken between 20 and 40 pills and that if not for the stabbing, she might have died of the drugs. >> right. now, she might have died of the drugs. that doesn't mean the stabbing isn't relevant. she took the drugs and would have died and he stabbed her, he is still responsible for her death. however, it is possible that because she took a whole lot of oxycodone it's possible she did not feel the more superficial wounds and you take that together with the fact these are shallow wounds it might make sense she cut hosers many times and only the last time stab erred herself enough she died
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from from it. >> shepard: i can't find within the case work -- what his motive might have been. >> they never had a motive, and this is a case where all the entire time that this guy was in jail awaiting trial, his story never changed. didn't really sound particularly fishy. it was consistent. he held up under questioning, and the only part of it that basically really pointed to him, he was there. there was no other physical evidence that proved he did this. so for the prosecutors to say that they don't have enough now to proceed with the trial, to me does make some sense. >> i don't see anything in the history, and if in fact what appears to be the case is the case, she stabbed herself 47 times and killed herself, he spent three and a half years in jail after his wife committed suicide. that's rough. >> really bad, yeah. so, if that's the case, you know, either way, there's some miscarriage of justice one way or another here, and hopefully at least we're going to wait and see what happens. shepship thank you for coming.
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>> shepard: spend all that money on a laptop for your child. there's a new study that shows that may be hurting the kid's grades in school. researchers say they recreated a college classroom seth, listened to a lecture and then answer questions. in one experiment everybody got a laptop but half the participants had to multitask. plenty of students would probably admit they spend a good chunk of time tweeting and checking out instagram when the professor is talking. researchers found the mull
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multitaskers did worse on the quiz, and a second experiment found those laptops may me may a serious distraction to students with only pencil and paper. those scored lower when a laptop was nearby. the study appears in computer in education. i'm not surprised by this except for the part the pen and paper kid over here is distracted by this. >> that's the part that is alarming. even the kids next door, looking over, something is happening on facebook, what is it? and they're not paying attention to the class. kind of eye-opening. >> shepard: when they first started this i was like, they always said the worst thing you can ever have when studying or consuming information is distractions and that piece of junk is a distraction. >> and it's interesting, really interesting commentary. there was a period of time when everyone was soup excited about laptops moving into the classroom and now they're
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ipads and they're giving them out to students and there's a lot of pros. certainly very obvious benefits. but everyone is doing all this other stuff, facebook, twitter and it's just harming them. a double-edged sword. >> shepard: researching is a whole new world. nobody has the encyclospeed ya like we cut -- but might be wise to leave the laptops in the study area,. >> maybe they need to lock schools down. it's an extreme option bus offer three or four webs they can go to news sighs, wikipedia, and everything else is shut down. it's an extreme option but that's one way to prevent the distraction. >> shepard: i feel like if i were running the school i would not want people on twitter and instaff gram. and snap chatting on me. >> you would have kids on solitaire, opening and closes
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applications for the heck of it. it would still prove to be a distraction. so there isn't really any good answer. >> shepard: god nose candy crush shouldn't be allowed. it ruined my eye sight and almost collapsed me. candy crush. candy crush. >> that's what kids are up to these days. >> shepard: lay off the candy crush and watch "true blood. pechowski. >> i'm not a "true blood" fan. i'm not much of a tv guy. >> i'm not either. the yankees, the rebels, and "true blood." i watch megyn but she is an vacation. >> so that's your distraction. and the candy crush. >> shepard: an update to a story queue wi brought you. a businessman is tearing down his mountain on a building in china. he built a mountaintop on top of the building, spent years
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constructing the fake thing with a good deal of work going down at night and it was all illegal. so authorities recently told him to take it down and here's what looked like before. neighbors complained of leaks and damaged parents and late-night parties and now at it coming down. the postal service is critical to our economy. delivering mail, medicine and packages, yet they're closing thousands of offices, slashing service and want to layoff over 100,000 workers. the postal service is recording financial losses, but not for reasons you might think. the problem? a burden no other agency
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or company bears. that drains $5 billion a year from post office revenue while the postal service is forced to overpay billions more into federal accounts. congress created this problem, and congress can fix it.
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>> shepard: there's this before we call it a friday. history is full of great partners in crime. right? bonnie and clyde, butch cassidy and the sundance kid, and then this family in britain have a pet come teal named captain, and they kept it in a cage until a wild come teel made a break, and the bird opened the cage and took off in what the family says is a romeo and juliet escape plan. neighbors see the birds flying around together, you have to
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watch those birds. see you back here on monday. but first you have to watch fox report tonight. we'll be watching: >> neil: a friday in august. do you know where your leader is? any leader. any party, anywhere? welcome everybody. i'm neil cavuto. from the president golfing in inaugurate's vineyard to the speaker hitting the links with the donald in new jersey, and al franken playing catch with the minnesota vikings quarterback, and south carolina republican 2008, who is watching the panther game? what's the score? here's the score. zero, indiana darks zilch, zippo, but not much work is getting fun.